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Search: Posts Made By: TQA
Forum: Diesel 1 Day Ago
Replies: 11
Views: 426
Posted By TQA
Re: Plastic bolts! $&@$?

Ahh but back when I were a lad on the tools in Scotland I would often be called out to Mini which had come to a halt on a wet day.

Lift the bonnet, give the electrics a wee skoosh and it would...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 1 Day Ago
Replies: 5
Views: 592
Posted By TQA
Re: Fast boat w island queen berth?

Don't know how it rates or does in races but a Hunter Passage has the best centerline queen that I have seen in a 42 ft boat.
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 1 Day Ago
Replies: 10
Views: 581
Posted By TQA
Re: Sailing in the North Atlantic

It is not unusual to see the Northern Lights in Scotland I used to live there and have seen them several times but never from a boat.

A cruise to the Shetlands or better still to Norway would...
Forum: Electrical Systems 3 Days Ago
Replies: 26
Views: 741
Posted By TQA
Re: Which batteries for us?

Another vote here for wet cell golf cart batteries. It is well established that you get the most 'bang for your buck' in terms of capacity and longevity.

Yes you need to top up in my case once a...
Forum: Diesel 1 Week Ago
Replies: 12
Views: 457
Posted By TQA
Re: Westerbeke preheat with torch?

The link I gave includes a pic. There should be a small tank expresso cup size that gravity feeds the unit.

Energize the heater unit for 10 to 15 seconds before cranking.

The diesel does not...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 93
Views: 5,728
Posted By TQA
Re: Single-handed tips and tricks

BRILLIANT IDEA Why didn't I think of that.

But I have had to cleat it off a a couple of time and it has been a hassle so I will have one with a jam cleat.

OK on my shopping list.
Forum: Diesel 1 Week Ago
Replies: 12
Views: 457
Posted By TQA
Re: Westerbeke preheat with torch?

What you call a heater may well be a CAV Thermostart. This drips diesel onto a heating element. When you crank the diesel ignites and the flames are drawn into the cylinders. This is an excellent...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 93
Views: 5,728
Posted By TQA
Re: Single-handed tips and tricks

Have a reliable autopilot.
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 1 Week Ago
Replies: 27
Views: 1,523
Posted By TQA
Re: Passage thru Panama Canal

Up to 50 ft $800

50 to 80 ft $1300

Security fee $130

There is a bunch of small fees say $400 in total.

You need 4 line handlers 4 x 200ft dock lines and bagged car tires as fenders.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 1 Week Ago
Replies: 12
Views: 494
Posted By TQA
Re: Force 10 Igniter issue

I have a Force 10 with the same issue. As others have said replace the battery, that is the likely problem.

And as others have said if that does not fix it then buy a barbecue wand. I kept mine...
Forum: Iberia & The Med 1 Week Ago
Replies: 17
Views: 509
Posted By TQA
Re: New EU Schengan Visa

Mark don't forget the West Coast of Scotland and the rias of Atlantic coasts of Spain and Portugal. Truly magnificent cruising areas with ANCHORAGES!

I am glad they are doing something about...
Forum: Diesel 1 Week Ago
Replies: 10
Views: 553
Posted By TQA
Re: Shaft out of alignment - touching hull

I would take a real hard look at your engine mountings and the engine bearers themselves.

If nothing obvious then watch what happens when someone puts it in gear forward then reverse. Sometimes...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 45
Views: 1,737
Posted By TQA
Re: Blocks, Sheaves and Pulleys: Did I screw up???

Blocks are too small.

I made the same mistake. However with a triple on the rear and a a double on the front you should be able to pull yours up by hand. At least I could and I have a heavy rib...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 1 Week Ago
Replies: 28
Views: 2,219
Posted By TQA
Re: 30k Sailing Kitty, whatís your next move?

Make sure you at least look at the interior on a Catalina 30.

A mid 80s in good condition should be around 13 to 18k, Tall rig fin keel version preferred.

It will give you more living space...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 32
Views: 3,905
Posted By TQA
Re: One amazing boat - grab her now

RTFM says it was built without teak decks.

Shame about the location.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 13
Views: 15,246
Posted By TQA
Re: Outboard Motor Bracket "not for use with 4 stroke engines"

Bit of a zombie thread. OP posted in 2007.
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 3
Views: 592
Posted By TQA
Re: Where should i spend my summer?

I suspect that going upstream from St Louis in your boat may be a very hard slog.

The current will be running against you at 3 knots +.
Forum: Diesel 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 17
Views: 519
Posted By TQA
Re: 3GM30 loses power

Check for fuel supply restrictions. Partially blocked filter being the most obvious. Kinked or flattened hoses are another possibility.

The old 'rag in the tank' will do it as well.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 23
Views: 1,394
Posted By TQA
Re: Night Ops

Well I do a fair amount of night miles and to begin with had a fancy French head torch that had red and white options. I almost never used the red. When it died I bought a LED one that controllable...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 6
Views: 646
Posted By TQA
Re: Look what the tide drug in

BP's skinny double ender thing.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 23
Views: 1,394
Posted By TQA
Re: Night Ops

Pick a moonlight night for your first night sail. At least a 3/4 moon.

Have a handheld search light, the more powerful the better.

Every crew should have a head torch.
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 24
Views: 1,716
Posted By TQA
Re: How old is too old and how cheap too cheap

There is another route for a cruiser learning to sail. Buy your boat and find someone to take you out a few times and show you the ropes. You would learn to sail and learn about your boat at the same...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 24
Views: 1,716
Posted By TQA
Re: How old is too old and how cheap too cheap

1 Get hold of Caseys book on Sailboat Maintenance. It has info on doing your own survey.

2 Don't worry about age or price. Instead worry about how well has the boat been maintained and are there...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 11
Views: 811
Posted By TQA
Re: Van De Stadt 40 - steel hull - preliminary inspection

An endoscope will help you inspect behind things. They are cheap as chips now.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 11
Views: 646
Posted By TQA
Re: Foot switches for an Anchor Windlass

I fitted a Lofrans Tigres with Lofrans foot switches to my boat about 6 years ago. The foot switches last about 12 to 18 months. At this point the live connection inside the switch has corroded away...
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